Red meat risks and benefits
Type of Spiritual Experience
It is interesting that a number of European studies on meat have found the zinc, iron and vitamin content of the meat tested to be far higher than the USDA nutrients database assessment.
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Meat Sci. 2010 Jan;84(1):1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2009.08.029. Epub 2009 Aug 15. Red meat consumption: an overview of the risks and benefits. McAfee AJ, McSorley EM, Cuskelly GJ, Moss BW, Wallace JM, Bonham MP, Fearon AM. Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. firstname.lastname@example.org
Red meat is long established as an important dietary source of protein and essential nutrients including iron, zinc and vitamin B12, yet recent reports that its consumption may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and colon cancer have led to a negative perception of the role of red meat in health.
The aim of this paper is to review existing literature for both the risks and benefits of red meat consumption, focusing on case-control and prospective studies.
Despite many studies reporting an association between red meat and the risk of CVD and colon cancer, several methodological limitations and inconsistencies were identified which may impact on the validity of their findings.
Overall, there is no strong evidence to support the recent conclusion from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) report that red meat has a convincing role to play in colon cancer.
A substantial amount of evidence supports the role of lean red meat as a positive moderator of lipid profiles with recent studies identifying it as a dietary source of the anti-inflammatory long chain (LC) n-3 PUFAs and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
In conclusion, moderate consumption of lean red meat as part of a balanced diet is unlikely to increase risk for CVD or colon cancer, but may positively influence nutrient intakes and fatty acid profiles, thereby impacting positively on long-term health.